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Can You Freeze Cooked Lobster?

Can You Freeze Cooked Lobster?

Lobster is a delicious delicacy but like most seafood is best eaten fresh. Take a look at this post for instructions on how to freeze cooked lobster.

Nothing quite beats seafood freshly caught and cooked from the ocean. The problem is, it doesn’t stay fresh for long.

Freezing cooked lobster is a great way to prevent it going bad and saves it to be eaten another time.

Can You Freeze Cooked Lobster?

Yes, you can freeze cooked lobster. Despite being quite delicate in both flavour and texted, cooked lobster actually freezes really well.

Cooking the lobster before freezing means there are fewer preparation steps when you decide to defrost and eat it.

Should I Freeze Lobster In The Shell?

Yes, freezing lobster in the shell actually helps stop the cooked meat from drying out in the freezer.

Can You Freeze Cooked Lobster Tails?

Lobster tails can be frozen, just like all other parts of the lobster.

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Text Overlay: Can You Freeze Cooked Lobster? Cooked Lobster on a plate with sauce, lettuce and cutlery.

How To Freeze Cooked Lobster In 3 Simple Steps

Freezing lobster is easy using the simple steps below. You can either freeze your lobster whole, cut up with some of the shell remaining or simply freeze the lobster meat that’s been picked from the shell.

  1. Before freezing, make sure your lobster or lobster meat is fully cooled down from the cooking process. Lobster is best frozen on the day it was cooked for maximum freshness once defrosted.
  2. If freezing a whole lobster, either wrap in cling film or tin foil. If freezing lobster meat, this can be placed in a freezer bag or Tupperware container. Squeeze out any air before freezing. I find it’s better to freezer smaller portions of lobster meat that are enough to make one dish with.
  3. Label and date the lobster. This makes freezer organization much easier and you’ll have a clear idea of when the cooked lobster or lobster meat needs to be eaten by.

How Long Does Lobster Last In The Freezer?

Typically lobster that has been frozen in its shell keeps better for longer as it has that added layer of protection against the harshness of the freezer.

Cooked lobster meat will last for around four months in the freezer whereas lobster that has been frozen in the shell will last for around six to eight months.

Both types of lobster will be fine to eat after this time, they just might not quite be of optimum quality.

How To Defrost Cooked Lobster

The best way to defrost cooked lobster is overnight in the fridge and of course, a whole lobster is going to take quite a while longer to thaw than a small portion of lobster meat, so do bear that in mind when planning how and when you’ll eat it.

While it might be tempting to speed up the defrosting process by thawing the lobster on the countertop, doing this means the lobster could enter the danger zone for bacteria to start growing and this isn’t a risk that I would want to take with any type of seafood.

Once defrosted, consume the lobster within 48 hours. Do not refreeze.

How To Reheat Cooked Lobster

While you can of course eat the cooked lobster cold, you may also want to reheat it, either as it is or as part of another dish.

The main thing to remember here is that any food that is being reheated needs to reach 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds to be safe to eat. This applies whether you’re adding the lobster to a sauce, reheating in boiling water or even popping it on the barbeque!

Freezing cooked lobster is a great way to preserve it and fill up your freezer with ready to eat seafood. Enjoy!